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Red Bull still unhappy with tires despite wins

Apr 22, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

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Red Bull continue to insist the current generation of F1 tires are too aggressive despite their successful start to the season.

They have won two of the first four races of the year, lead the constructors’ championship by 16 points and have Sebastian Vettel in the lead of the drivers’ championship by ten points.

But team principal Christian Horner told Autosport after yesterday’s race: “I think the tires are still too on an edge.”

“Needing to four-stop in a race is I think a bit too extreme. There are other teams that look like they have bigger issues than Red Bull with their tires, but you need to speak to them to ask their opinion.”

Both Red Bull drivers completed the race with three pit stops. Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button were among those who had to pit four times, while Kimi Raikkonen and Paul di Resta stopped just twice.

Formula One’s official tire supplier Pirelli says Red Bull’s view is not widely supported. Before the race it claimed eight of the eleven teams had urged them not to make changes to the tires.

Pirelli changed the tire allocation for Bahrain before the race, making it more conservative. It will hold a meeting in Milan tomorrow to discuss how the tires have performed so far this year and whether further changes need to be made.

  1. bikingscr016 - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    You’d think the smartest team in F1 could adapt, as others have had to do all season.

  2. icemanpjn - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    How are Red Bull the smartest team in F1?

    • apexassassin - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      I am presuming that bikingscr is referring to the level of “blind praise” given to Newey by the mostly ignorant fans. Not that Newey isn’t one of the best designers, but to put one team or driver above the rest is silly to me.

  3. apexassassin - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    The aren’t the only team or drivers to voice their unhappiness with this year’s tires, but as triple world champions they get the most press out of it. And so does Pirelli.

  4. bikingscr016 - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    So you’re telling me the team with the triple world champion isn’t smart to some degree? They manage their races so well, use strategies unlike other teams…I’m not a redbull/Seb fan, just an observation. Who’s smarter?? Ferrari? McLaren? Not buying it…

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